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Cancelled: Video streamed event and on demand: On French land with Hannigan

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Thursday 22 April 202120:00
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Barbara Hannigan, first guest conductor at the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, on a dear return visit to Gothenburg. She lives in Paris so it was only natural that she chose one of Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies”, no. 87, composed in 1786 for a good penny for a music company in the French capital. The symphony has rightly been called “one of Haydn’s sunniest symphonies”.

The French theme reappears in Britten’s dramatic Les illuminations, songs to slightly surreal lyrics by the adventurous poet Artur Rimbaud. Here, a world between dream and reality is depicted in provocative poems that the British set to music with a superb fingertip feeling. A French composer gets the honor of ending the concert: Gabriel Fauré and his atmospheric stage music to the triangular drama Pelléas and Mélisande, seductive melodies with a scent from the 1890s and La Belle Époque.

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